This year, the Cathedral Arts Project proudly celebrates two decades of advancing the arts and promoting extraordinary change in Northeast Florida by empowering underserved, school-aged children through first-rate instruction in the visual and performing arts. Along the way, CAP has helped over 15,000 K-8 students acquire the skills they need to succeed in life and garnered praise at both the local and national level.
On August 22nd the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that CAP’s application for Jacksonville to become the 14th site for the prestigious “Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child” program was accepted. CAP Executive Director Kimberly Hyatt, Mayor Alvin Brown and Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joined the Kennedy Center’s vice president of education, Darrell Ayers, at Central Riverside Elementary School for the declaration and a performance by CAP’s violin class at the school. Through Any Given Child, CAP and the Kennedy Center will work with the mayor’s office, the school district, local arts organizations, and civic leaders to create a long-range, sustainable plan to provide greater, more equitable access to quality arts education for all K-8 students in Duval County. In this Jacksonville joins cities from Austin and Baltimore to Portland and Tulsa who have reaped clear social, cultural, and economic benefits as a result of the program’s efforts to create and bolster consistent student participation in the arts in their communities.
The Kennedy Center honor comes on the heels of a year in which CAP student enrollment increased by 25% and CAP was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as “one of the very top programs of its kind in the country.” Last week, nearly 1,200 Duval County Public School children got to learn why the organization received this distinction when 46 after-school CAP classes in music, dance, theatre and the visual arts began across the county for the academic year. CAP and Jacksonville have a lot to celebrate as CAP begins its third decade!
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